Maurizio Forestieri: “To make animation you need culture, technique is not enough”

To perform this job, you must attend special schools in animation to develop a safe technique, but above all, culture is needed, something that the new generations often lack. He is convinced of that Maurizio Forestieridesigner, director and producer of international fame, main character at ‘Cartoons on the bay‘, the animation and transmedia festival underway in Pescara, promoted by Rai and organized by Rai Com, where it received Lifetime Achievement Award. “I am happy and honored with this award and I take it as a good omen for the future, even though I have already done many things in my 35-year career,” Forestieri said in an interview with Adnkronos.

Engaged in social issues, the director and producer explains that his latest work ‘The custody’ deals with the very strong theme of refugees and unfortunately it is even more relevant at the moment with the conflict in Ukraine. It is a project in collaboration with Rai Guys, Unicef And Unar and deals in a fantastic way with what is the tragedy of refugees fleeing war and, above all, the right to the future that all children have and instead being denied them by the circumstances. While it is the duty of our civilization to give it to them. “Strangers explains that for social problems “animation is always a good means of communication for both children and adults because it is very direct and very concise”. And Italy, according to the founder of Graphilm Enterteninment, “has great talents and great creativity, and film and television production has increased in recent years. Of course – he notes – it is always a problem to deal with an industry so big as the US.but not just for Italy, I would say for Europe.I think the future of the sector is in the big cooperation between European countrieswe have so many talents if they do not run away … “.

The formation of Forestieri comes from “artistic studies. I went to the Academy of Fine Arts, but I have always had a passion for animation – he admits – Then I went to the experimental scenography center. My teacher was Lele Luzzati together with Giulio Gianini, who was also my supposed father. In short, characters who have achieved two Oscar nominations with ‘Gazza ladra’ (1965) and ‘Pulcinella’ (1973). So in 1988, I founded the production company ‘Graphilm’, which not only is doing well, but has also grown a lot with a French participation. “

Compared to the beginning, the work of the animator has completely changed with the advent of the digital. “That the digital has gotten better and greatly facilitated the work process, which was formerly much more artisanal and long. He painted, he drew on paper that was the camera, slow motion, film, scotch tape, eraser and tips. It was definitely more ‘romantic’but what we did then in two days now, we do in two minutes, “explains Forestieri, who also had a strong film background with characters who have written Italian film history such as Tosi, De Santis, De Laurentiis and many others.

And to young people who want to take on this profession, he says: “You have to go to schools that specialize in animation technology. But then you have to not only stop at the technical arts, but also refine yourself culturally. Something that the new generations are missing., not only because of them. but also because of the times, it is the lack of film culture and general culture that is a great added value “. And he quotes his Spanish colleague’s intervention in ‘Cartoons on the Bay’ Carlos Grangelfather of characters like the corpse bride and Balto ‘: “It filled my heart to hear him say that for the characters of”Madagascar‘was inspired byAfrican artor which takes keywords from Exhaust gas or Caravaggio. For example, I am of the opinion that if the Tuscan painter of the fifteenth century, Paolo Uccello, had he lived in our time, he would have been an animator, he would have worked at Disney or Dreamsworks. He really had the movement inside, he was a painter who did not stand still. When he drew, you already felt like he had a futuristic inspiration. Here – Forestieri concludes – culture avoids creating cheap things or refraining from putting its heart into its work “.

The last piece of advice that Forestieri gives to young people “is to work hard. Fatigue is another thing that is not known, but which is part of our work and of our growth. If you do not work hard, you will not grow, “you can not believe that they do everything the machines, or that everything is immediately finished and perfect. Even the failure or failure to achieve a goal allows us to move forward”, he concludes.

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